If you missed part two of taking care of the caretakers the first time, this will allow you to either feel validated or give you insight to the challenges of a caregiver. This episode we are joined by our husbands, Dane and Elliot, to talk about challenges and ways that they felt depleted as support people. They talk about,
-Feeling the stress of being a caregiver/support person and being a family caregiver
-Trying to support but not knowing the best way to do it
-Learning patience with themselves when they can't "fix" it, with or without a diagnosis.
-The challenges with sex with both patient and caregiver
-Patience with intimacy
-How communication is key to knowing what each person needs
-How to create intimacy when chasing a diagnosis.
-Caretaker compassion fatigue
- Defining caretaker role vs. husband role
-Desiring sex but knowing it's painful for your partner
....and so much more
And ways they recharged
- Taking rest as a caregiver
- Recharging by taking time, even if just a moment to do what fuels you
- Stepping out of the caregiver role just to be "you"
-Communication is key to being on the same page
... Along with other great tips
This is a very vulnerable and honest episode that anyone from warrior to support person can connect with.